Thursday, April 1, 2021

[The Midnight Horror] - PG: Psycho Goreman (2020)

For many months there has been a lot of talk & hype around the Canadian indie horror-comedy PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN (Not Rated; 94 minutes) from writer/director Steven Kostanski (The Void, Leprechaun Returns). The film was to debut at the South by Southwest film festival last Spring, but the premiere got canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in 2020, the film was screened at the Beyond Fest, Monster Fest, and the Sitges Film Festival. RLJE Films and Shudder (owned by AMC Networks) bought the distribution rights and released the film to theaters and VOD in January 2021. The film landed on DVD and Blu-ray on March 16th, 2021.

PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN centers on siblings Mimi and Luke (played by Nita-Josee Hann and Owen Myre) stumbling upon a glowing gem in a hole and accidentally unleashes an alien overlord, Arch-Duke of Nightmares, from his entombment. The creature wants nothing more than to destroy Earth, but Mimi has other plans for him. Since the gem is in her possession, she can control him, whom she renames PG (short for Psycho Goreman). Eventually, PG's intergalactic friends and enemies come to Earth to search for him, and all hell breaks loose.

Steven Kostanski uses his background in special effects to enhance this low-budget B-horror flick with old-school practical makeup, costumes, and visual effects.

Final Thoughts

To sums things up, PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN is a tongue-in-cheek satire of the Power Rangers (the American version of Super Sentai), but with lots and lots of blood - but in a kid-friendly way... Well, if you don't count a few gory scenes and a psychotic little girl.

It's a bizarre and over-the-top film with a dark sense of humor that might not appeal to many viewers. Horror fans will appreciate the practical effects. Older Power Rangers fans will love the monster costumes. Others will probably be scratching their noggins, wondering what the hell they had watched.

As for the picture and sound qualities on the Blu-ray, I can't give you a proper answer. I was sent a digital screener and not the Blu-ray. I did buy the Blu-ray shortly after its release, but I haven't watched it yet. As for special features, there are quite a few listed on the Blu-ray. Director Commentary, Interviews with the Cast and Crew, Fight Choreography, The Music of PG, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Concept Art Gallery, PG: Psycho Goreman Trading Cards Gallery, Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery, and more!

Overall, PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN is an overrated 90s nostalgia blast. I, for one, enjoyed the second-rate acting, silly characters, and the outrageous plot, but it's a "required taste"at best.

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